Lough Derg: the spirit of a holy place

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A small island in a lake called Lough Derg is one of the most famous of Ireland's places of pilgrimage. About 35,000 pilgrims come to it each year intent on doing penance for their sins or seeking divine intervention in their lives. Read More...

Nantes-Brest Canal, Brittany's popular leisure waterway

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The Nantes-Brest Canal is a 364 km long waterway connecting the city of Brest, on the west of Brittany, to the city of Nantes in the south east. Read More...

The shrine of the Cailleach at Glen Lyon

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Each year, in one of the most remote areas of Scotland, a family of stones are brought out of the house in the spring and returned to the house for the winter. The tradition stretches back thousands of years and the site is believed to be the only surviving shrine to the Celtic goddess Cailleach. Read More...

Newport Celtic Festival and Highland Games, Oregon

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A cultural celebration of the seven Celtic nations, the new festival on the Oregon coast features Celtic music, dance, food, drink, crafts, vendors, kids events, family histories and Highland Games. Read More...

World's largest tidal power project

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The world's largest tidal stream energy array will be built in the Sound of Islay on Scotland's west coast. Read More...

Wales' new devolution settlement

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Following the 'Yes' victory in the 3 March 2011 Referendum, Wales will now be able to pass its own laws in twenty policy fields. Read More...

The Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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The Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland has an unparalleled display of polygonal columns of basalt rock resulting from a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. Read More...

Micheál Martin elected new leader of Fianna Fáil

The former Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs succeeds Brian Cowen after his dramatic resignation as leader of the party.

The former Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs succeeds Brian Cowen after his dramatic resignation as leader of the party.

Mr Martin emerged as the front-runner for the leadership of Fianna Fáil after Brian Cowen announced he was stepping down as leader of Fianna Fáil on 22 January 2011.

The former cabinet Minister, who had been critical of Brian Cowen's leadership, won the support of his party on 26 January over rival candidates Éamon Ó Cuív, Mary Hanafin, and the Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan.

The new leader of Fianna Fáil distanced himself from his most recent predecessors and apologised for his party's handling of the economic crisis.

"I am sorry for the mistakes we made as a party and that I've made as a minister, very sorry for those mistakes that we made."

But Mr Martin said that putting all the blame on Fianna Fáil for Ireland's economic crisis was not fair.

"People seeking partisan gain, or offering superficial commentary, promote the idea that there are simple explanations. The truth is that the biggest failings have been systemic failings which go to the heart of our political and governing system."

The new Fianna Fáil leader said the party had to break the link to big business and get back to being the party of people of modest means and hard work.

The former Fianna Fáil leader Brian Cowen and the three other candidates in the party's leadership race pledged full support to the new leader.

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